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Mary Catherine Aime

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Associate Professor
Lilly Hall Room 1-335

Dr. Aime earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She did postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She moved back to the U.S. to work as a research molecular biologist with the USDA-ARS, Systematic Botany and Mycology Lab. She later joined the faculty at Louisiana State University in plant pathology and crop physiology. Cathie’s primary area of research focuses on the systematics, evolution and biology of rust fungi. These fungi are all obligate plant pathogens, many of which cause major diseases in crop plants. Cathie is the director of the Arthur and Kriebel Herbaria. She is also teaching a class titled “The Microbial World.”

Awards & Honors

(2012) Fellow. Mycological Society of America.

Selected Publications

Toome, M., Ohm, R. A., Riley, R. W., James, T. Y., Lazarus, K. L., Henrissant, B., . . . Aime, M. C. (2014). Genome sequencing provides insight into the reproductive biology, nutritional mode, and ploidy of the fern pathogen Mixia osmundae. New Phytologist, 202, 554-564. Retrieved from http://DOI: 10.1111/nph.12653

Lodge, D. J., Padamsee, M., Matheny, P. B., Aime, M. C., Cantrell, S., Boertmann, D., . . . Hattori, T. (2014). Molecular phylogeny, morphology, pigment chemistry and ecology in Hygrophoraceae (Agaricales). Fungal Diversity, 64, 1-99.

Henkel, T. W., Wilson, A. W., Aime, M. C., Dierks, J., Uehling, J. K., Roy, M., . . . Mueller, G. M. (in press). Cantharellaceae of Guyana II. New species of Craterellus, new distribution records for Cantherellus guyanensis Mont. And Craterellus excelsus TW Henkel & Aime, and key to the Neotropical taxa. Mycologia.

Olatinwo, R., Allison, J., Meeker, J., Johnson, W., Streett, D., Aime, M. C., & Carlton, C. (2013). Detection and identification of Amylostereum areolatum(Russulales: Amylostereaceae) in the mycangia of Sirex nigricornis (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) in central Louisiana. Environmental Entomology, 42(6), 1246-1256.

Rush, T. A., & Aime, M. C. (2013). The genus Meira: phylogenetic placement and description of a new species. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 103, 1097-1106.

Toome, M., Roberson, R., & Aime, M. C. (2013). Meredithblackwellia eburnea gen. et sp. nov., Kriegeriaceae fam. nov. and Kriegeriales ord. nov – toward resolving higher-level classification in Microbotryomycetes. Mycologia, 105(2), 486-495.

Padamsee, M., Kumar, T. K. A., Riley, R., Binder, M., Boyd, A., Calvo, A. M., . . . Aime, M. C. (2012). The genome of the xerotolerant mold Wallemia sebi reveals adaptations to osmotic stress and suggests cryptic sexual reproduction. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 49, 217–226.

Schoch, C. L., Seifert, K. A., Huhndorf, S., Spouge, J. L., Robert, V., Bolchacova, E., . . . Schindel, D. (2012). The internal transcribed spacer as a universal DNA barcode marker for Fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 109, 6241–6246.

Henkel, T. W., Aime, M. C., Chen, M. M. L., Miller, S. L., Vilgalys, R., & Smith, M. E. (2012). Ectomycorrhizal fungal sporocarp diversity and discovery of new taxa in Dicymbe monodominant forests of the Guiana Shield. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21, 2195-2220.

Busby, P. E., Aime, M. C., & Newcombe, G. (2012). Foliar pathogens of Populus angustifolia are consistent with a hypothesis of Beringian migration into North America. Fungal Biology, 116, 792-801.